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Saturday, Mar 7th, 2015

Houston's Austin Jones Band Releases Long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind



Houston, Texas based the Austin Jones Band has released their long-awaited EP Chasing the Wind. The popular indie rock band known best for their original and unique music woven with beautiful melodies and textures is proud to present the 5-song set to fans worldwide both old and new. The Austin Jones Band has been compared to Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, and Kings of Leon. "We are so proud to release our follow-up EP to On Sin and Cynicism, remarks Austin Jones. "It's a thrill to bring our new music on Chasing the Wind to the world, hoping our fans will truly love and relate to our original songs." As described by the band members, their songs are written with important reasons featuring their light and dark life experiences, and presented to the audiences in a macabre, desolate, but beautiful and hopeful way. In addition, The Austin Jones Band has released the debut video from Chasing The Wind for the song "Living It Out". The video is available on YouTube at the link below.

link: New video debut accompanies EP release

Monday, Jan 19th, 2015

2015 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED



Sinead O'Connor, Alt-J, The Killers, Aimee Mann, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, and More Sign On As Judges

December 17, 2014 - Unsigned Only Music Competition revealed today its high-profile judging panel for the 2015 competition, which is now accepting entries. The renowned panel consists of iconic recording artists and journalists and will determine the winners in eleven categories representing a wide variety of commercial genres of music.

Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. Unsigned Only gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $10,000 in cash and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives to the overall Grand Prize winner. First and Second Place winners in each category will also be chosen. The deadline to enter is March 18, 2015. Original and cover songs are accepted in all categories except for Screen Shot which accepts original songs only.

Artists may enter into any of the following categories: Adult Album Alternative (AAA) Adult Contemporary (AC); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Screen Shot; Teen; and Vocal Performance.

Screen Shot is a new category that has been added this year, and it is geared toward helping artists get their music in film, TV, video games, and advertising. Music execs who are looking to place music in various projects will be judging this category and will also provide advice on music licensing to the winner of the category. Included are: Michelle Bayer (Shelly Bay Music); Michelle Silverman (Modern Planet); Ani Johnson (Monomyth Media); Evan Stein (Experience Music Group); Velma Barkwell (East End Music Productions); Jen Taunton (Level Two Music); and more to be announced.

"Last year Screen Shot was a special promotion that we ran for entrants," says Founders/Directors Candace Avery and Jim Morgan. "The response was huge and was a great success for many artists who were able to secure licensing deals for their music. This is just another way for Unsigned Only to help its entrants, and we are excited to be able to open these new doors for independent artists."

Judges include: Aimee Mann; Alt-J; Dustin Lynch; Sinead O'Connor; The Killers; Rosanne Cash; David Crowder; Robert Smith (The Cure); Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Ray Wylie Hubbard; Aaron Shust; Lucero; Kelly Price; Colt Ford; Frank Foster; Jason Gray; Rapsody; Kool And The Gang; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Kyle Anderson (Senior Writer, Entertainment weekly); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post); Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian); Shirley Halperin (Music Editor, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); Hardeep Phull (Music Critic, New York Post); and more to be announced.

Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Sony Creative Software, Guitar Center, D'Addario, Disc Makers, Ultimate Ears, Lurssen Mastering, Master Tour by Eventric, and The Music Business Registry.

For entry and general information, please go to http://www.unsignedonly.com


link: http://www.unsignedonly.com

Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

2014 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014



The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include: Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced...

Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.


link: The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Saturday, Jun 14th, 2014

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners



The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.

ISC's overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song "Musashi," entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.

Founder and Director Candace Avery states, "It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents and awarded the due respect for their accomplishments. This year we have awarded the ISC Grand Prize to a Jazz artist, and we applaud the importance of this genre in our musical landscape. The recipient, Shunzo Ohno, greatly deserves this honor, and ISC is proud to bestow this award on him."

Shunzo Ohno is a virtuosic jazz trumpeter and an accomplished composer and arranger. Ohno has performed with jazz legends Art Blakey & The Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and many more. With numerous recordings under his own name as a leader, he has also appeared on over 30 more as a sideman and has collaborated on two Grammy winning recordings.

Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician's career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged and a later bout of throat cancer which forced him to relearn his playing, he is a testament to determination and courage, even inspiring a biography and documentary in Japan about his life.

For a more in-depth bio on Ohno, please go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/pressreleases

ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the world. The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $35,000 in merchandise and services. Previous ISC winners include Bastille, Passenger, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, and many more.

For a complete list of 2013 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners


link: International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

Saturday, Mar 8th, 2014

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition Announced. Nine From Texas, One From Houston.



Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Nine of the finalists are from Texas including one from Houston.

AMERICANA - Stick Around

David Ramirez (Austin, TX, USA)

CHILDREN'S MUSIC - The Fairy Tale Song

Deborah L Wedekind, Don Koch (DeDe) (Houston, TX, USA)

COUNTRY - Breathe

Matt Aslanian, Kent Bell, Kyle Gaston, Justin Haber (Breaking Southwest) (McKinney, TX, USA)

Miss You Anywhere

SaraBeth Swagerty, Dean Sams, Misty Rae Carson (SaraBeth) (Murphy, TX, USA)

GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN MUSIC - Calling Out

Aaron Wagner, Tyler Halford (Weatherford, TX, USA)

PERFORMANCE - When I Found You

Nakia Reynoso, Barry Goldberg (Nakia) (Austin, TX, USA)

POP/TOP 40 - Boy With A Kite

Joe Moralez (Dallas, TX, USA)

RAP/HIP HOP - Holy Water

(RAS) Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX, USA)

TEEN - Homework

Victoria Celestine (San Antonio, TX, USA)

Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.

In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.

Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.


link: Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition

Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Is March 13, 2014.



The "Unsigned Only Music Competition" is now taking entries for the 2014 competition - with the deadline of March 13.

The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. If you are signed to an independent label you ARE eligible to enter this competition. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.

Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.

Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.

We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.


link: For more information and to enter, go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

Monday, Sep 30th, 2013

PATTY GRIFFIN'S UNRELEASED, SOUGHT-AFTER ALBUM, 'SILVER BELL' FINALLY READY TO RING AT RETAIL COURTESY OF UME



Recorded in 2000, Griffin's "Lost" 'Silver Bell' Album Features "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2," Later Covered by Dixie Chicks.

"Patty's voice became my favorite voice the moment I heard her sing, and Silver Bell is one brilliant song after the next. I have loved this album for 13 years and didn't think it could get better, but it has. This version has that incredible voice front and center where it always belongs." - Natalie Maines

"There's a whole lot of singing/That's never gonna be heard/Disappearing every day/Without so much as a word," sings Patty Griffin in "Top Of The World," a song from her unreleased album, Silver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red. The album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will be released for the first time on October 8 by Universal Music Enterprises across all major digital and physical music retailers.

Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on "Truth #2."

Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother.

Through the years, Griffin's original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, and Joan Osborne.

Since parting with A&M, Griffin has continued her successful, critically-acclaimed career, releasing 1000 Kisses (2002, ATO Records), Impossible Dream (2004, ATO Records), Children Running Through (2007, ATO Records), the GRAMMY Award winning Downtown Church (2010, Credential Recordings), and her latest album, American Kid, released in May (New West Records).

http://www.pattygriffin.com


link: PATTY GRIFFIN'S UNRELEASED, SOUGHT-AFTER ALBUM, 'SILVER BELL'

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Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Name: Justin
Frontman available to fill in, for currently scheduled dates, or to join a working band. Competent in Multiple styles, hard-rock, top 40 rock, classic rock and country. No need to cancel a gig throw me a set list and I'll throw down!
Phone: 8327942873
Email: Sarraceniazak@gmail.com

Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015
Name: Damian
A experience vocalist looking for musicians to start a new band.Heavy, experimental and diverse. Must have gear and a vehicle. Serious musicians only. Influences: The Dillinger Escape Plan,Refused and Faith No More.
Phone: 832 955 7167
Email: damian.adams@gmail.com

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Name: Raye Le
Hey I'm a 20 year old student/Singer/songwriter looking for a band to be apart of im in to R&b/Rock/melodic tunes ect. I'm open not picky this will be a hobby for me never done this before. giving it a try!
Email: rayeconnect@gmail.com

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Name: KG Williams
Need bass player for April 25, Country, southern rock. Could be a full-time hire.
Phone: 2817260575
Email: Georgi.karl@gmail.com

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Name: Metal guitarist
We are a Metal Christian Band looking for a sit in drummer for now who can come in and play our stuff. This is just for sit practices and a few shows that our drummer can't make. The drumming position may become open for a full time spot with our band. Depends if our drummer doesn't work out, he has been calling off practice a lot and he plays in another band. We are looking for someone who is committed and doesn't mind driving to practice and practicing at least once a week. We have been around as a band for a while, just got a new guitarist and a new drummer that is not working out to well. So If your interested and you can jam me tal and I mean Christian Metal. Know how to use the double bass pedal and have years of experience then we need you. please email us and we will give you details. We are ready to get out and start playing again. we need a quick learner and someone who is ready to commit.
Email: metalguitarist1@gmail.com

Wednesday, Apr 15th, 2015
Name: chris
im a guitarist looking for people to jam with. nothing serious at first, just wanna jam with some people i can vibe with. im looking for open minded people who just like to play music. HIT ME UP!
Phone: 281-455-1779
Email: christopher.dodd1@gmail.com

Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Name: Joe
I want to start a band or join a band that separates themselves from all the garbage people call metal or rock nowadays. I'm a pretty good guitarist, been playing since I was 13 I'm 22 now. I have many influences ranging from Randy Rhoads, Joe Perry to Jimmy Page, Steve Vai, Rob Marcello with bands like Coroner, Megadeth, Vio-Lence & a shit to others. I don't give a carp what you do or who you are as long as you're heart is in music then I'm in.
Phone: 832-872-3906
Email: alvarezeric411@yahoo.com

Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Name: Roger
Lead guitarist, new to Houston, looking for a working cover band. Im experienced guitarist, good attitude no drama. Prefer rock but open to anything, 80's and up, not into oldies unless is very cool songs. Not looking for starters or spend months in reharsal. Thanks
Email: rogerwolff@live.com

Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Name: Esther
Lyricist + Songwriter for Bands Hi guys. If you're a band looking to create some great original music, I might be the person you're looking for. I can write pop, rock and jazz and on any topic. I'm a poet, so my work contains a special emphasis on lyrical quality, and since I'm just starting out - it's all for cheap. Email me if you think we might be able to work something out! Thanks.
Email: ecfulu@gmail.com

Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015
Name: Serge
Hi i'm a band/concert photographer looking for gigs. Pro gear and magazine quality. Portfolio: sergerom.smugmug.com Looking forward! Serge
Email: untaken86@gmail.com


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Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
8:00 pm

Air Supply
Arena Theatre
7326 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074
713 772 5900



Friday, Apr 24, 2015
7:00 pm

Drowning Pool
BFE Rock Club
11528 Jones Rd.
Houston, TX 77070
281-894-1811



Tuesday, May 5, 2015
8:00 pm

Bob Dylan
Bayou Music Center
520 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
713-225-8551



Friday, May 8, 2015
8:00 pm

Johnny Gill and Dru Hill
Arena Theatre
7326 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074
713 772 5900



Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 am

Kevin Fowler, Wild Child, Jamestown Revival, Wild Moccasins, thelastplaceyoulook, Scooter Brown Band, Midnight River Choir, Young Mammals, Young Girls, New York City Queens, BLSHS, Lost Element, Not In The Face, MARMALAKES, Roger Sellers, Purple, We're Wo
Herman Square
900 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77002

Experience t he awesomeness of Texas at TXFEST 2015 – a one day festival featuring live music, craft beer, shopping, and good times! Texas country superstar Kevin Fowler will headline the festival alongside more than 25 Texas bands including performances from Jamestown Revival, Wild Child, Scooter Brown, Wild Moccasins, thelastplaceyoulook, Not in the Face, Midnight River Choir, We Were Wolves, Downfall 2012 and more! Join the fun on Saturday, May 9th, 2015. Hermann Square Park in Downtown Houston. Get tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/792249?utm_medium=houbands Follow TXFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #TXFest

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